Veterans Day Special

Dad_DonWeedinIt was February 11, 1942. Just lightly over two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Don Weedin – who celebrated his 17th birthday just the day before – dropped out of school at Bremerton High School.

That morning, he boarded a ferry with his parents and enlisted in the United States Navy. He needed his parents permission because he was under 18 years old. He wanted to go on his birthday as he was eager to enlist; she made him stay and celebrate his birthday with his family. His older brother Max Jr. was already in the war. Grandma feared that neither would come back to her.

Dad served in World War II and for a total of 30 years. He loved the Navy and would have stayed forever if he was allowed to. Growing up as a youngster in the 1970s, the attitude towards veterans and those serving was very different. It was post-Vietnam and at least in my memory, being in the service didn’t have the same level of gratitude. I never could understand why Dad didn’t have a diploma, but rather something called a GED. It wasn’t until I became an adult that the immense nature of his sacrifice began to sink in. Fortunately for me, Dad lived a long life and I was able to express to him my sincere gratitude for his service. He was part of “The Greatest Generation” that Tom Brokaw wrote about. Where once I was ambivalent as a child, today I’m proud.

We all have stories like this to share. My family has deep ties to the armed forces – my father-in-law and sister-in-law were Navy; my brother was Army; my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were Coast Guard; and I have a nephew currently serving in the Air Force. Dad was able to trace our family lineage back to three direct descendant grandfathers that served in the Revolutionary War.

Veterans Day is unique because it’s a day to honor all veterans. Dad was always strong in his belief that Memorial Day was to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. Veterans Day is clearly a day to celebrate everyone that ever served.

So for those family members that served or serve – thank you.

To my friends from high school and college that served or serve – thank you.

To those that I will never meet but know that because of you, I get to live in a free country and be able to raise a family and run my own business – thank you.

God Bless America and all veterans….

P.S. My most special thanks to Don Weedin, my dad, who finally got to graduate with his granddaughter Mindy and get the diploma he so richly deserved in 2007.

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Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to all those that have served our country and protected the rest of us. Dad_DonWeedin

Special recognition from me for my dad, Don Weedin (pictured) and his brother, Max Weedin.

I also want to recognize my other living family members – Roger DeWald​, David DeWald​  Edwina DeWald​  Jacob DeWald​

Finally, as a proud member of the Washington Society Sons of the American Revolution​ I want to salute my patriot grandfathers that were the country’s FIRST veterans in the Revolutionary War – James McClelland (PA), Micajah Moorman (VA) and Jonathan Bowne (NJ).

We owe you our gratitude and support.

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Extra Points – Veterans Day Special

This week’s focus point…Veterans Day SpecialUncle Sam

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, I didn’t have the proper perspective or respect for the military and our veterans. Ironic as my father was a World War II veteran, who served 30 years in the Navy. I lived in a Navy town and owed much of my comfort in life to money that was earned through the Navy. It was post-Vietnam and although too young to remember that struggle, the carryover effect was real.

My personal “conversation” came during the Gulf War and Desert Storm. Now a young adult with small children, I recall vividly watching on live television the conflict. I had friends serving. And for really the very first time, I gained a true view of how my family and I were being protected by people just like me that dedicated their lives to putting themselves in harm’s way for me and the rest of our country.

Today, I want to honor Dad for his 30 years of selfless service and his tenure in World War II, for which he left school at 17 years old on February 11, 1942 to join. I also humbly honor others in my life that served – my father-in law, brother-in-law, two sister-in-laws and countless other relatives and friends. It’s something I never did, yet I always knew my family and I were being protected, which is more than most people around the world outside the Unites States can say. To all of you on this Veterans Day….

Thank you for your service.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –
“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” 

~ Woodrow Wilson

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Extra Points – Veterans Day 2012

This week’s focus point…

Dad 17Veterans Day Special – 2012
It was February 12, 1942. My father, Don Weedin traveled with his parents from his hometown of Bremerton, WA to Seattle to enlist in the Navy. It was two days after his 17th birthday, and just a couple short months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Dad was determined to quit high school as a junior and join the fray that was just starting in the Pacific. He was going to go on his birthday (February 10th), but my grandmother put a stop to that and said that he would spend his birthday and one extra day with his family. She already had one son in the war, and with her next going, she was scared she would see neither of them again.

To Dad’s dismay, he was sent to North Africa. As a Pacific Northwest native, he wanted to avenge his western brothers and fight in the Pacific. Instead, he was part of the North African invasion. Dad ended up spending 30 years in the Navy. A Navy that took him around the world, including Bogota, Colombia where he met my mother.

Dad wasn’t unique to men of his era, or that of many others. His call to duty to protect his fellow Americans was deep and strong. He just didn’t think himself special. He thought that was just the way everyone felt.

On this 70th anniversary year of Dad joining the Navy to fight in World War II, I humbly and genuinely thank all of our veterans for their sacrifice for us and this country. Happy Veterans Day!

This week’s quote –
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.”
~G.K. Chesterton

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a day that often seems to get overlooked by “bigger” holidays, like the 4th of July. However, having grown up and now living in a military community, Veterans Day has special meaning. And for me, Veterans Day will always be emblematic of my father.

Dad was 16 years old when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He lived in Bremerton, WA where the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is based. To him, there was no doubt what his future held. On February 11, 1942, the day after his 17th birthday Dad enlisted in the Navy, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Max. Dad wanted to go on his birthday, but my grandmother demanded that he spend the special day with the family. She was frightened that she would never see her sons again. Fortunately for us (me in particular), she did!

Dad was part of what Tom Brokaw coined, “The Greatest Generation.” There was never any doubt about duty to country. Ironic as I am currently reading James Bradley’s book, “Flyboys” about WWII pilots, and as I read about them and their values, they remind me about Dad. Men and women like Dad, who put country first, duty first, and themselves in harm’s way first is what we celebrate today.

Dad never finished high school at Bremerton High. He should have been in the class of 1943. Thanks to a special program by states and the United States government, veterans like Dad have been given the opportunity to graduate from either their original high school or the one near where they live. Ironically, Dad lives near Bremerton again, however he had a dream of graduating with one of his grandchildren. In 2007, 67 years after his original graduation date, Dad attended commencement ceremonies at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo along with his granddaughter (my oldest daughter) Mindy. It was one of the proudest moments of his life. We all felt the same way.

Veterans Day is to honor our great veterans who have served this country over the past 244 years. Today, Dad is 85 years old and is the poster child for this day. I’m proud to have him as my father, my kid’s grandfather,  a hero for this country, and my hero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Veterans Day Proclamation

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who in defense of our freedom have bravely worn the uniform of the United States.

From the fields and forests of war-torn Europe to the jungles of Southeast Asia, from the deserts of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan, brave patriots have protected our Nation’s ideals, rescued millions from tyranny, and helped spread freedom around the globe. America’s veterans answered the call when asked to protect our Nation from some of the most brutal and ruthless tyrants, terrorists, and militaries the world has ever known. They stood tall in the face of grave danger and enabled our Nation to become the greatest force for freedom in human history. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard have answered a high calling to serve and have helped secure America at every turn.

Our country is forever indebted to our veterans for their quiet courage and exemplary service. We also remember and honor those who laid down their lives in freedom’s defense. These brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice for our benefit. On Veterans Day, we remember these heroes for their valor, their loyalty, and their dedication. Their selfless sacrifices continue to inspire us today as we work to advance peace and extend freedom around the world.

With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor America’s veterans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2008, as Veterans Day and urge all Americans to observe November 9 through November 15, 2008, as National Veterans Awareness Week. I encourage all Americans to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans through ceremonies and prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to support and participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I invite civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, businesses, unions, and the media to support this national observance with commemorative expressions and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH